Today is the 22nd anniversary of World AIDS Day. An estimated 33 million people are infected with HIV/AIDS worldwide, and while there has been tremendous progress in the past two decades for treatment and outlook, there is much still to be done. Education and prevention are the primary resources we may use to combat AIDS, forming the foundation for the efforts to neutralize the cause and spread of the disease.
Many breakthroughs have occured over the years (HAART for example), and recent improvements in treatment allow HIV+ individuals to live long, full lives. One of the simple parts of the equation is nutrition. Below are some of the principal nutritional suggestions for those who are HIV+, as well as several other links to informational websites.
These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full HIV and AIDS article for more information on vitamins, herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be helpful.
- Daily multivitamin supplements to prevent common deficiencies associated with the disease
- 400 mcg a day of selenium under a doctor’s supervision can result in fewer infections, a healthier appetite, and other benefits
- 800 mg a day of the supplement N-acetyl cysteine to slow the decline in immune function
- 990 mg of Boxwood a day to support CD4 cell counts
- Forego foods made with wheat, rye, barley, or oats to reduce symptoms of diarrhea
- A high protein diet, preferably from whole, nonrefined foods, may help maintain body weight
- Slow HIV progression by exercising three to four times each week
CDC: Global HIV/AIDS
Mayo Clinic: HIV/AIDS
World Health Organization: WHO and HIV/AIDS
Avert.org: World Stats
One.org: World Aids Day
The Global Fight: Global Fund